Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

South Africa: 20 children killed in bus crash near Pretoria

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

An Election in the Shadow of Terror

Read more

#TECH 24

How fintech is helping the unbanked

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Turning up the heat with French firefighters

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Champs-Elysées attack: What impact on Sunday's French election? (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

After Brexit and Trump: World waits on French presidential election (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Battle to stop nuclear waste being buried in a French village

Read more

THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

After Champs-Élysées attack, security takes centre stage in election campaign

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Brexit: Come what May

Read more

France

Ribéry, Benzema acquitted in underage prostitute case

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-30

Frank Ribéry and Karim Benzema, two of France’s biggest football stars, were acquitted by a Paris court Thursday on charges of having sex with an underage prostitute.

The French judge ruled that that there was not enough proof that Ribéry, a winger with Bayern Munich, and Benzema, a Real Madrid forward, were aware that the escort-girl Zahia Dehar was a minor at the time of the incidents.

Dehar, now 21, has garnered international fame following the affair, but decided not to file a civil lawsuit against the two football pros.

Ribéry, 30, has admitted to having sex with Dehar, but claimed he did not pay and that he did not know she was a prostitute or a minor.

Benzema, 26, has denied all the allegations.

Neither Ribéry nor Benzema, who play for France’s national team, were present at the trial. They faced up to three years in prison if found guilty.

Prostitution is legal in France, but prostitutes must be over 18. The case has been hanging over the players since July 2010, when a French judge issued preliminary charges against them.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, Reuters)

Date created : 2014-01-30

  • SPORT

    Franck Ribéry wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Ribéry, Benzema to face trial over links to prostitute

    Read more

  • FRANCE - FOOTBALL

    Police question Ribery and Benzema again in under-age sex probe

    Read more

COMMENT(S)